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Academic Probation

ECE Academic Probation Initiative

Academic Drop Status


Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Probation

While being on academic probation is not the end of the world, it should be taken seriously and viewed as a warning that you are in jeopardy of being dropped from the University if your academic performance does not drastically improve. Students on academic probation for more than one semester should ask themselves if this major is a good fit and work with their academic advisor to identify campus resources and explore their options.  

Criteria for Being Placed on Academic Probation

Effective Fall 2015, a student at Purdue University shall be placed on academic probation if his/her semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.0. A student on academic probation shall be removed from that standing at the end of the first subsequent fall or spring semester in which he/she achieves both semester and cumulative GPAs equal to or greater than 2.00. Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of probation standing. Academic standing will not be assessed in summer sessions. Students should review the University Regulations on academic standing for additional information.

ECE Academic Progress Initiative

Beginning Fall 2015, all ECE students on academic probation must participate in the ECE Academic Progress Initiative program. This program was developed as part of an effort to identify potential areas of concern that may be affecting students' academic performance. Students work together with their academic advisor  to discuss how they can work to resolve and/or manage these issues. Consequentially, it is important that participants of this program take it seriously and are honest with themselves and their academic advisor. Participation in the program is required in order for students to receive their Registration PIN for the upcoming semester and may be used to determine readmission to the University should a student ever be dropped for academic performance.

Academic Intervention Program Components

  • Complete the Academic Probation Self-Assessment by the deadline communicated via email. Failure to complete the assessment by this date will result in removal of student from all registered ECE courses for the upcoming semester.
  • Academic advisor will review student's assessment responses and develop a personalized action plan that will involve our office as well as other campus resources.
  • Meet with academic advisor no later than the end of week 2 of the upcoming semester (Fall or Spring).
  • Schedule and attend an appointment with the Academic Success Center to review strategies to improve academic performance. Student must obtain attendance verification form during ASC appointment and submit this to EE 136.
  • Students who are attempting a course for the 3rd time and/or on academic probation for the second consecutive semester must meet with the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) or hold an advising meeting with another department to explore a possible change of major. The Major Exploration Verification form must be submitted to EE 136.
  • Meet with each instructor to complete the provided mid-semester progress report and turn it in to EE 136.
  • Submit a resource utilization log that has been maintained throughout the semester.

Credit Hour Limitation Policy

ECE students who are on academic probation are limited to registering for no more than 15 credits during their probation semester in order to allow more time to focus on coursework and get back in good academic standing. Students who find themselves on academic probation should adjust their schedules accordingly to adhere to the 15 credit limit. Students who do not modify their registration to be in compliance with the 15 credit hour limit will have their registration modified at the discretion of their academic advisor.

Academic Drop Status

Students on academic probation who do not make sufficient academic progress may be dropped from the University. Students on drop status cannot take classes from any Purdue campus for a minimum of one semester (summer sessions do not count), but may take classes at another institution. While students often feel that being placed on DROP status is a punishment, it is really an opportunity for the student to step back from their studies and identify the root cause(s) of their academic difficulties. It is important that the student take personal responsibility for their academic situation and make every effort to form an objective evaluation of it. It may be necessary to seek professional counseling in order to accomplish this. Once the root cause(s) of the problem has been identified, the student can take appropriate corrective action. This may include taking courses to strengthen specific academic weaknesses or taking a full-time job to learn responsibility and develop an appreciation for the educational opportunity that they may be losing. Or, perhaps the academic problems are the result of personal/family issues that need to be addressed before the student continues with his/her education.

If a student does elect to take courses at another institution while on DROP status, there should not be the expectation that all these courses will apply towards Purdue degree requirements. Courses should be chosen primarily to strengthen academic weaknesses, not to continue progress towards a degree. Therefore, in most instances, transfer credit for technical courses taken at another institution while on DROP status will not be accepted.

Every student's situation is unique and it will take a determined effort by the student to identify and overcome their particular obstacle to success. However, if the student makes this effort and readmission is granted, there is every reason to believe that they can return and successfully complete her/his degree.

Criteria for Being Academically Dropped

Effective Fall 2015, a student on academic probation shall be dropped from the University at the close of any fall or spring semester in which his/her semester and cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0.

Re-admit students have the additional requirement of achieving a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 or higher at the conclusion of their first semester on re-admit status in order to avoid being academically dropped.


Students who are dropped for the first time cannot take classes from any Purdue campus for a minimum of one semester (summer sessions do not count) and though readmission is not guaranteed, are eligible to apply for readmission to any Purdue campus after that stop-out period. If a student is dropped from the University a second time, they cannot take classes from any Purdue campus for a minimum of 1 year. Students who are readmitted are on probation and subject to all academic probation stipulations. For more detailed information about readmission, visit Purdue's website on How to Apply for Readmission.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does being on academic probation affect me?

Being on academic probation means that you are at risk of being dropped from the University if you do not improve your grades and make sufficient academic progress. It also means that you are limited to taking a maximum of 15 credit hours during your probation semester and that you may be ineligible to CODO to another program should that be something you are interested in. Many programs require CODO students to at least be in good academic standing. Additionally, students on academic probation are not eligible to enroll in ECE 47000 and consequentially may be ineligible to participate in an internship.

  • If I take classes during the summer and perform well can I get off of academic probation?

No, regardless of whether a student performs well or performs poorly, academic standing is not recalculated during the summer session.

  • Will I be dropped from the University if I am on academic probation for two (or more) consecutive semesters?

Not necessarily as in order to be dropped from the University a student's cumulative and semester GPA must both be below 2.0. It is possible to remain on academic probation for more than one semester. 

  • Why am I required to participate in ECE's Academic Intervention Program?

ECE's Academic Intervention Program was developed using the University's Academic Probation Program as a guideline. The University as a whole is implementing a more hands-on approach to students who are on academic probation in an attempt to better address the issues contributing to a student's scholastic deficiency. Through personal reflection, conversations with an academic advisor, utilization of other campus resources, and a midterm grade discussion it is our hope that students are able to determine and address these issues as well as identify any additional academic issues early enough in the semester to take action.

  • Can I graduate if I am on probation?

Yes, as long as a student satisfies all degree requirements it is possible to graduate while on academic probation.

  • I was academically dropped from the University. Is it possible to sit out for more than one semester?

Students who are dropped from the University are required to sit out at least one full semester (excluding summer sessions), but may sit out longer if they prefer. Students are encouraged to sit out longer than the minimum required if they feel that they have not had time to address the issues that led to their unsatisfactory academic performance, particularly since students dropped from Purdue two or more times will not be considered for another readmission to the West Lafayette campus.